You can now read 5 articles in a month for free on Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.


Basement apartments are a disaster waiting to happen

The Nov. 24 editorial on flooding and preparation for its impact missed a major problem in the city of Boston (“After a near-miss with Sandy, more preparations are needed”). Instead of moving electrical panels up from basements and imposing restrictions on ground-floor uses in new buildings, how about eliminating basement apartments all over the city? They are a disaster waiting to happen.

Basement apartment flooding was all too frequent in the 1990s in the South End when I worked there.

Fred Liberatore

North Billerica

Loading comments...

Wake up with today's top stories.

Want each day's news headlines delivered fresh to your
inbox every morning? Just connect with us
in one of the following ways:
Please enter a valid email will never post anything without asking.
Privacy Policy
Subscriber Log In

You have reached the limit of 5 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of
Marketing image of